BD is happy to introduce Chrissy Rice, our latest Fishin’ Chick.
BD: Where do you live?
Chrissy Rice: I was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida, and do most of my fishing off of Anna Maria Island.
BD: What is you occupation?
Chrissy Rice: I currently am a waitress for a breakfast restaurant and was recently accepted into a Physical Therapy Assistant Program to start school again in August.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Chrissy Rice: I have played soccer since I was 5 years old and still continue to play in Adult Women’s and Co-Ed leagues, I also enjoy working out, going to the beach, boating in general, but mostly just fishing!
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Chrissy Rice: My boyfriend of three and a half years, Trey Daugherty, introduced me to fishing and made me fall in love with it. He is a skilled sport fisherman as well as a commercial fisherman. He has taught me everything I know, from tying knots and throwing nets, to setting crab traps and helping him out on the crab boat. I look forward to continuing to learn many new things. I am forever grateful for him, and for the passion he has passed on to me that I will hold with me forever.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Chrissy Rice: Inshore and offshore fishing, mostly here in Bradenton but some in the Florida Keys as well. I hope to travel more in the future. I also do a little freshwater fishing for bass and some kayak fishing.
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Chrissy Rice: Offshore fishing. I love the mystery of not knowing what’s on the other end of the line. Or when you think you know it is and you get an even better surprise; for example, when you think it’s a grouper on and you pull up your biggest mangrove snapper, a 9-pounder!
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Chrissy Rice: I’m just going to continue to do what I love and be happy. I hope to travel more to do fishing in other parts of the world, and maybe one day I can get into the promotional/modeling industry of fishing, and get my pictures into a magazine! But that would just be a plus. All I need is to have a rod whenever I have the chance (and whenever Mother Nature lets me!) and I will be just fine. I also hope to get more involved in fishing tournaments in the future.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Chrissy Rice: I love the escape from reality. When I get out on the water, I forget about all of my worries. And I’m just happy to be there doing what I love. And leaving the dock, with so much potential for the day, not knowing what prize you’re going to bring in that day. It’s a great feeling. It keeps me sane; I don’t know what I did before it!
BD: List some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Chrissy Rice: First fishing tournament Old Salts Ladies Tournament 2014, did not place but caught my first blackfin tuna while reeling up a squirrel fish I caught off the bottom, an awesome surprise!
My biggest mangrove snapper caught was 8.6, almost nine-pounds. Biggest mangrove I’ve ever seen in person!
My biggest snook I’ve caught was 33-inches last year, while wading docks. It was a challenge to chase him under the dock and around all the pilings without getting broke off, I was very proud when I landed him! Hoping to join the 40’s club soon!
Our thanks to Chrissy for sharing her story with BD’ers all around the world. Proves it’s never too late to fall in love with fishing.